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but they don't want to call it an arrest, because the minute you call it an arrest, you have to give miranda warnings. so they could have somebody that they've gone after to question, people observing it within law enforcement think it's going to be an arrest, but from their point of view, they donate want to call it an arrest, because now you're going to trigger miranda warnings and the person's going to go get a lawyer. >> mr. mayor, it's michelle here. what do you make of the progress so far when you see all of the stuff that is on twitter and social media, when you have individuals supplying and examining photos and circling people that have black backpacks, et cetera. is that helpful, and how far, based on what you know, do you think the investigation has gone? >> well, you know, i think it is going to be helpful. it may actually lengthen the investigation, because there's more to go through. you're sort of like, to some extent, looking for a needle in a haystack. but ultimately, the more material that you can get, the better it's going to be. you may have to go through a lot of stuff t
. even though he has not been read his miranda rights because the government invoked a public safety exception which permits law enforcement to engage in a limited and focused interrogation. joining me now for more on these developments is kent schafer, criminal defense attorney with buyers, schafer and deboard. god to s good to see you, sir. >> thank you. good afternoon. >> what's your take on this? why charge him with a weapons of mass destruction charge and not murder or conspiracy? >> well, actually, it's a much easier charge for the government to prove. in this case, they have to prove two things. that he used or possessed a weapon of mass destruction and that it resulted in somebody's death. by doing that, he'd be eligible for the federal death penalty. where under massachusetts state law, if they charged murder, he wouldn't be eligible for the death penalty. so virtually, you know, from a prosecutor's standpoint, it cuts out all the fluff. it's a very simple case. there's case law on top of case law saying that a bomb like this is defined as a weapon of mass destruction. so it
is a key word here. the administration has ruled out using that term. i am informed, joe, that miranda was -- the suspect was mirandized today. i don't know exactly what that means. it doesn't sound like they will have enough elbow room to ask questions. what is your take? >> what happens was there was resentment in the hospital today where a u.s. magistrate average, prosecutor and a public defender were in attendance, in explaining the charges to the defendant, he was told he had the right to remain silent, that an attorney would be provided for him and he was asked if he understood those things. he did. he was told he did not have to make any statements. so the so-called period in which they were going to glean all of this intelligence from him has ended. if he chooses to speak, it will, no doubt, be over the objection of his public defender and now that he's lawyered up, my guess is that the talking is over. >> was this a mistake in i mean, a lot of people calling for enemy combatant status. that would have given a lot more time for questioning. he can be brought back into the feder
whether he has or has not been read his miranda rights? >> if he has been charged he probably has been. but it sounds like they delayed that. there was a public safety exception where they can question him about are there other devices planted elsewhere? under this public safety exception they could ask him about that without giving him those rights. >> i think -- let me finish up. i'm going to give you credit. what you were saying was very important. whether or not this will be a local case or this is going to be a military court. the fact is by charging him in massachusetts, they are saying we have enough evidence in a court which will be highly visible. they believe they can make a ca case. >> this is a big point when people were saying did he get the rights or not? there is so much other evidence. >> evidence that they can use. >> which we're going to talk about in a minute. >> we're going to take a quick break and come back and talk about this. tsarnaev has been charged of using a weapon of mass destruction. more on that right after this. >> welcome back. we have been combing thro
about miranda rights and whether a terrorist or accused terrorist is supposed to have their miranda rights read to them. do you know if they actually read them the miranda rights? >> i don't know yet. presumably that may happen before there are charges. but there is a public safety exception where they can delay reading him his rights. as you know, there are all these calls to try him as an enemy combatant as opposed to within the criminal justice system, which seems to be what the obama administration will do. after all, he is a u.s. citizen. he carried out the crime on u.s. soil. and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of legal basis to try him as enemy combatant, which is not to say there aren't going to be more calls particularly from the right to do just that. >> when in theory you have so much evidence on american soil, why tarnish the prosecution by going enemy combatant. if you have no backlash from anybody who says you didn't do it the right way. >> he stole a suspect. but clearly -- you've got to walk through the process, right? >> i was thinking this weekend, again, and
to officially arrest that person for miranda reasons, and may have been where this misinterpretation came from. do you think that they may be talking to somebody at this point? >> i'm sure they're talking to a lot of folks. you've got a lot of investigators working on this, and they're going in multiple paths as bob just said, you're looking at trying to collect as much information as quickly as you can. you're looking at two different scenarios here. one, we're looking at one in which they're trying to identify the suspect for an arrest. the other, we're trying to protect against subsequent potential attacks. so investigators have to move fast. they're going to be have been careful with the evidence they collect, but there'll be a lot of misinterpretation of the data they're gathering by folks on the outside. so it's understandable that things like this will happen. >> and i gather, bob, you have been talking a lot since you and i last spoke on wednesday. >> i sure have. >> thank you both for your insights. >>> so coming up, what kind of person bombs innocent people at the boston marathon. le
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